Matagorda County Obituaries
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Alice Isabell Kopecky Vacek, 95, passed away February 28, 2005, in Bay City.

 

Mrs. Vacek was born August 24, 1909, on the San Gabriel River near Granger, Texas.

 

Alice was the second of five daughters born to John and Frances Kopecky.

 

When Alice was about seven, the family moved to Sugar Land, Texas, where her father worked at the sugar refinery.

 

In her teen years, Alice recalled going to the dedication of the first bridge across the Brazos River in Richmond and being too young to stay for the celebration dance. 

 

The family later moved to the Deming's Bridge Area in Matagorda County.

 

They lived at the Old Rancho Grande, where the red out-buildings are still standing near Hawley Cemetery.

 

Alice's family has been blessed with hearing many stories of her life in the early 1900s, including her riding a horse to school, dancing on platforms at neighbors' farms and helping her aunt hang mail on a hook over a track in El Maton for a passing train to retrieve.

 

Alice married a neighbor, Edmund Vacek, in 1929, and loved to tell how a two-week rain made the roads so muddy the priest from Hillje couldn't get to the wedding, the couple rode the train to him.

 

After the wedding, they took the train back to Blessing, where they spent their wedding night at the Blessing Hotel, a hotel they later managed in the 1960s.

 

In the early 1930s, the couple moved to Sugar Land where Alice worked for 12 years for Imperial Sugar Co.

 

In 1945, the family moved to Blessing, where they operated several businesses until they retired.

 

Survivors include: two sons and their wives, E.R. and Billie Vacek of Blessing, and Carlos and Beth Vacek of Orange; sisters, Martha Thompson and Mary Popek of El Maton; brother, Alfred Kopecky of El Maton; sister-in-law, Edith Hickl of Palacios; grandchildren, Ginger Collins, Kenneth Vacek, Penny Acuna, Glenn Vacek, Damon Vacek, Carla Vacek and Annette Robinson; great-grandchildren, Casey Collins, Clayton Collins, Calen Collins, Kenneth Vacek, Jr., Valerie Vacek, Taylor Vacek, Darren Acuna, Whitley Vacek, Levi Vacek and Allison Camacho; and numerous nieces, nephew, and friends who called her Aunt Alice and Grandma.

 

Mrs. Vacek is preceded in death by: her parents; her loving husband of 55 years, Edmund Vacek; and sisters, Albina Vareska and Elsie Sliva Williams.

 

The family requests that contributions be made to Hospice Support, Inc, P.O. Box 1417, El Campo, Texas 77437.

 

Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 3, 2005, at the Hawley Cemetery in Blessing, Texas, with Father Sam Appiasi officiating.

 

Pallbearers are: Kenneth Vacek, Glenn Vacek, D Ray Acuna, Ricky Collins, Damon Vacek, Clay Collins and Taylor Vacek.

 

Honorary pallbearers are: Wilbur Vaclivick, Dan Duffy, Bill Pryor, W.L. James and Gene Atkins.

 

Arrangements were with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home 979-245-4613.

 

The Bay City Tribune, March 2, 2005

 


Edmund Richard Vacek Sr.

Funeral services for Edmund Richard Vacek Sr., 77, of Blessing, will be held at 2 p. m. Thursday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery.

Mr. Vacek was born Nov. 11, 1906, in Taton, Texas to Vince and Elizabeth (Naisey) Vacek. He died Oct. 2, 1984, at Matagorda General Hospital.

He was a retired merchant and had been a resident of Blessing since 1945.

Survivors include his wife, Alice (Kopecky) Vacek of Blessing; two sons, Carlos Vacek of Orange, Texas, and E. R. Vacek Jr. of Blessing; three sisters, Mary Orsak of Blessing, Betty Tomasek of El Maton and Edith Hickl of Palacios; a brother, Jimmy Vacek of El Maton; and six grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, October 3, 1984
 

BAY CITY - Elizabeth McEntire Vacek, 85, of Bay City and formerly of Palacios, died Saturday, April 9, 2005.

She was born Sept. 19, 1919, in El Campo, to the late Adolph and Anna Simicek Heinrich. She was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Palacios.

Survivors: daughter, Betty Vacek of Palacios; son, Robert Meal McEntire Jr. of Palacios; sister, Ethel Gavranovic of Wharton; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: sisters, Mary Bohuslav, Millie Kutach, Annie Kutach, and Molly Zickhurall; and brothers, John Heinrich, Louie Heinrich, and Louie Heinrich II.

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. Tuesday at Palacios Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, the Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating.

Burial will be at Palacios Cemetery. Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios [Matagorda County, Texas], 361-972-2012.

Victoria Advocate, Monday, April 11th, 2005
 



 

Rudolf Red Vaclavik

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Jacqueline "Jackie" Valdez, 39, of Bay City passed away Friday, June 18, 2004. She was born November 23, 1964, in Bay City, the daughter of John and Julia Valdez.

Jackie was a 1984 graduate of Bay City High School and was a licensed cosmetologist. Jackie lived all of her life in Bay City, except for a short stay in Houston.

Besides her parents, she is survived by her son, Jonathan Keith Lopez and daughter, Jessica Kay Lopez, two loving grandchildren, Mark Anthony Garza and Joel Rene Lopez; spouse, Jesse Quintanilla; aunts, Lupe Saldana and Husband Tony of Chicago, IL., Angie Lopez and husband, Jaime, Helen Paniagua and husband, Erasto, Mary Guajardo, Corina Cortez and husband David, and Mary Rose Cox and husband Roger; uncles Carlos Trevino and wife Lydia, Tony Trevino and wife Amelia, and Loy Valdez all of Bay City, Abel Trevino of Rockport, Jesse Trevino, Jesse Valdez and wife Val of Houston, and Lupe Valdez of Wharton.

She is also survived by her baptismal madrina, Aurora Mendiola, niece, Alexa of Bay City and numerous cousins, good friends, and other relatives.

Jackie was preceded in death by her grandparents, Maria and Louis Herrera, Joe Trevino, Juan and Angelita Valdez, Julia Rodriguez Valdez, San Juana and Lorenzo Rodriguez, uncle, Amado Trevino and cousins Tony Herrera and Charles Trevino.

Funeral services will be Thursday, June 24 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church with a rosary being recited, Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel with Father Gerard Cernoch officiating.

Burial will be at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Pallbearers are Jaime Lopez, Israel Moya, Mike Cantu, Rodrigo Suarez, Rene Garza, Joe Louis Saldana.

Honorary pallbearers are her cousins, Robert Trevino, Steve Trevino, Amado Trevino, Jr., Jose P. Trevino, Rodney Trevino, Abel Trevino, Jr., Duke Trevino, Brent Trevino, Randy Trevino, Donnie Trevino, Paul and John Joe Garay, Joe and Jerry Guajardo, Jimmy Valdez, Jamito Lopez, Ricky Sierra, Baldemar Garay.

Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church if desired.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

The Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, June 23, 2004
 

BAY CITY - Funeral services for Lorenzo Valdez Jr., 45, of Bay City, will be Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 10 a.m., at Turning Point Church.

Viewing will be Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at 5 p.m. and with a prayer service at 6 p.m. in the chapel of Green's Mortuary.

Final arrangements are entrusted with Green's Mortuary, 979-245-3489.

Published in Victoria Advocate on March 22, 2011
 

Manuel Valdez, 60, of Blessing died at his residence April 25, 2000. He was born Oct. 20, 1939 in New Mexico to the late Jesse and Sarah Rico Valdez. Mr. Valdez was a life long resident of Blessing and a member of the Pentecostal Church.

Survivors include: wife, Sophie Reyes Valdez of Blessing; four daughters, Sarah Valdez of El Campo, Joann Moya of Bay City, Dianna Marin of Blessing, and Cindy Nieto of Palacios; son, Javier Valdez of Blessing; five sisters; two brothers; and 14 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Gloria Valdez.

An Evening Prayer Service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 27, 2000 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers will include: Mario Moya, Sr., Mario Moya, Jr., Jose Garza, Juan Marin, Jose Nieto and Baudelio Fonseca.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Wednesday, April 26, 2000
 


Valentina Perez Valdez

(February 14, 1942 - July 31, 2008)


Valentina Perez Valdez, our most blessed and beloved grandmother, mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend, returned to her God on Thursday, July 31, 2008 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. She was born February 14, 1942 to Pedro and Frances Perez in Bay City, Texas. She graduated from Bay City High School in 1963 and later moved to Houston, Texas to work with Allied Distributing Company in accounts payable. She joined Jesse Valdez Sr. of Bay City, Texas in matrimony on November 11, 1967 and they have two children, Valerie Valdez Burnop and Jesse Valdez Jr., currently of Missouri City, Texas. She was a graduate of the University of Houston and received her Texas Educational credentials from Texas Southern University, earning her Bachelor of Science in 1987. She served as a bilingual and gifted and talented teacher in Houston ISD, Fort Bend ISD and Bay City ISD. She was selected as Bilingual Teacher of the Year for Wilson Elementary School, Central District in April of 1998. Also, she was recognized as a nominee for Bilingual Teacher of the Year from the Houston Area Association for Bilingual Education. She most recently had worked at Gordon Elementary School in Houston, Texas. Her life was filled with passion, great faith, and love, a love she gave tirelessly, selflessly and without reservation to those she loved. A gift so great that it remains admired and treasured by her family, friends, and all her numerous schoolchildren. She was a caretaker, teacher, inspiration, and guardian to her children and grandchildren, Viana Whitehead, Sloane Burnop, Vicente Burnop, and Victoria Valdez of Missouri City, Texas. She was an adventurer. She went on family vacations, student field trips, and great spiritual journeys. She was a breath of fresh air, endlessly giving support to her family and others, expressing and experiencing such joy in living for her grandchildren. She is loved by all and will be missed forever. Her dreams and aspirations will continue to be honored and fulfilled by her children and grandchildren, who will always remember and cherish her for what she shared with them - a passionate life filled with unrelenting, boundless love. Holy Rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM Sunday at the funeral home. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 AM Monday, August 4, 2008, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church with Rev. Gerry Cernoch officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, 2313 Ave. I, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.
 

Elpidio Valdivia, 61, of Bay City passed away Monday, September 24, 2001 at the Herman Hospital in Houston, Texas.

He was born June 13, 1930 in Durango, Mexico to Ponsiano Valdivia and Emiteria Corral Valdivia. He was a resident of Bay City since 1969, a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and retired from Bay City Plastics.

He is survived by: wife, Juanita Valdivia of Bay City; daughters, Maria Valdivia of Bay City, Margarita Gonzalez of Bay City, Manuella Ochoa of Bay City, Maria Carrasco of Houston, and Brenda Valdivia of Bay City; sons, Israel Valdivia and Rafael Valdivia, both of Bay City; sister, Conception Valdivia of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico; brothers, Jesus Valdivia of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, Antonio Valdivia of Galveston, Francisco Valdivia of Durango, Mexico and Juan Valdivia of Durango, Mexico; and by nine grandchildren.

The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 27 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home chapel. The funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday, September 28, 2001 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with the Rev. Edward Boren officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2001SP26

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Wednesday, September 26, 2001
 


E. H. Valigura

Ernest Henry Valigura, 76, of Markham died Monday at the M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston.

Services will be Friday morning at 10 a. m. from Taylor Brothers Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Hawley Cemetery.

Survivors include the widow Mrs. Edith Viola Valigura; one daughter, Mrs. Eloise Savell of Houston; two sons, William M. of Corpus Christi and Charles of El Cajon, Calif; one sister, Mrs. Rosie Roznosky of Rosenberg, and three brothers, Jim of Galveston, Martin of Moulton, and Charlie of El Campo.

The Daily Tribune, December 26, 1963
 


Fred Emil Valigura
(May 3, 1915 - October 22, 2008)

Fred Emil Valigura, 93, of Bay City passed away October 22, 2008. He was born May 3, 1915 in Wharton County to the late Frank & Wilemina Roznovsky Valigura. After serving in the US Army during WWII, he opened Bay City Glass Co. in 1946 and continued to operate the business until 1990.

His wife Christine Valigura and son Ladis Kelly Valigura preceded him in death. Survivors include son Fred Lee Valigura of Bay City, 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be 4:00 PM Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008 at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck with Rev. Chris Harrison officiating. Phillip H. Parker VFW post 2438 will provide military honors.

www.taylorbros.net


 


Last Rites for Markham Man

Final rites for Markham resident Leo Melvin Valigura, 33, were held at 2:30 p. m. Sunday from Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. J. R. Brown officiating. Valigura died Friday at his residence. He was born in Bay City on June 24, 1930, and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Markham.

Survivors include the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest H. Valigura of Markham and one brother, William Milton Valigura of Corpus Christi.

Interment was in Hawley Cemetery and pallbearers were Belton Snider, Victor Burchfield, J. Grady Walker, Harold Hansen, Frank Valigura and A. J. Herbert Sr.

The Daily Tribune, August 5, 1963
 


Rhonda M. Vallely
(January 22, 1959 - January 12, 2007)

Rhonda M. Jenney Vallely, 47, of Van Vleck passed away January 12, 2007. She was born January 22, 1959 in Plainwell, Michigan to Walter Louis and Shirley Ann Frost Jenney. Rhonda and her family moved to Pasadena, Texas in 1966. She graduated in 1977 from Pasadena High School. Shortly after graduation she moved to Sargent and lived there for many years. She has been a resident of Van Vleck for the past 20 years.

She was very active in the Sargent area and served on the Van Vleck School Board before having children of her own. Since living in the Bay City area she has been active in the 1st Baptist Church in Van Vleck and Calvary Baptist in Bay City. She was director of the Matagorda Services including Wamco Pallet and the Recycling Center. She secured the land and obtained grants to build the buildings and buy the equipment. She was director of the Matagorda County Museum in Bay City for several years. She also worked on the Karma, the floating A & M Classroom in Matagorda. Currently she was the Education Director for the Matagorda County Nature Center.

Survivors include her husband Hugh Vallely of Van Vleck; mother Shirley Burr & her husband Bruce of Houston; father Walter L. Jenney of Pasadena; sons Kevin Sanders, US Air Force, Persido of Monterey, CA and J. Ross Sanders, US Marines, Pensacola, FL; stepson Lee Northcutt & wife Brooke & their daughter Aurielle of Austin; stepdaughter Jennifer South & husband Michael, US Navy & their sons Andrew, Michael, and Logan of Jacksonville, FL; sisters Lorinda Draper of Pasadena & Carla Means & husband Thomas of Houston; mother-in-law Joan Vallely of Prescott, AZ; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives.

Funeral service will be 3pm Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007 at the Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Chester Sassman officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. The family will receive friends from 4pm to 6pm Monday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Herman Wilson Van Dyke
Nov. 25, 1926 – March 9, 2008


Herman Wilson Van Dyke, 82, of Bay City passed away Sunday, March 9, 2008 at his home.

He was born November 25, 1926, one of nine children born to Minnie and Wilson Van Dyke, and grew up in Belton, Texas.

Serving in the Navy during World War II he was stationed on an island in the Philippines, and was honorably discharged in 1946 after serving two years. He was a life member of VFW Post 2438 in Bay City.

He married Juanita Etheridge in 1946, not long after getting out of the Navy. They moved to Bay City in 1958, and he worked for many years on Crouch’s Ranch in Markham before going to Townsend’s Lease Service as a bulldozer operator, working for 25 years before retiring in 1983.

He was well known in the rodeo circles during the 1940’s competing in bareback and bull riding events across the country and was one of the organizing members of the Southwestern Rodeo Association. He appeared in one of the first Matagorda County Fair and Livestock Shows and was one of the first competing teams in the Wild Cow Saddling in 1968.

He was preceded in death by his wife Juanita Van Dyke, parents Minnie and Wilson Van Dyke; sisters, Lola Bell Burks, Helen Burks, brother Billie Joe Van Dyke and Anderson Van Dyke and son Michael Van Dyke.

Survivors are: his daughter, Sandy and Billy Hayes of Wadsworth; daughter-in-law, Linda Van Dyke of Liberty; sons, Mickey and Dee Van Dyke of Lockhart, Marshall Van Dyke of Navasota and Roger Van Dyke of Dayton; sisters, Mary Ruth Dudley of Henderson, Nevada, Eula Bea Regan of El Paso, Dorothy Dale and Bill Crew of Portland, Oregon and Juanita Mosley of Belton; grandchildren, Kim and Jerry Ruiz of Lake Jackson, Bubba and Stacy Uher of Lafayette, Tennessee, Heather and Ricky Palacios of West Columbia, Larry and Jennifer Arnold of Van Vleck, Marty and Tiffany Van Dyke of Sweeny, Crystal adn Bryan Baker of Austin, Jimbob Van Dyke of Richwood, Cullen Van Dyke of Liberty, Paul and Sandra Kubecka of Edna, Robbie Kubecka of Hobbs, New Mexico, Pete and Jodi Kubecka of Sweeny, Julie Lange of Lockhart, Steven Kubecka of Florida and Jeremy Van Dyke of Lockhart and 20 great grandchildren. He is also survived by a very special friend, Jeanette Weldon.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at the funeral home. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 13, 2008 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Bro. Larry Macomber officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Marty Van Dyke, Jimbob Van Dyke, Bubba Uher, Larry Joe Arnold, Jr., Jeremy Van Dyke, Jerry Ruiz, Ricky Palacios and Bryan Baker.

Memorials may be made to the Phillip H. Parker VFW Post 2438, PO Box 269, Bay City, TX 77404-0269.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.


Bay City Tribune, Published March 12, 2008

 


Robbie Estelle Van Ness
(March 8, 1925 - August 5, 2010)

Robbie Estelle Lloyd Van Ness, 85, reunited with her husband Bill in Heaven on Aug. 5, 2010. Robbie was born the sixth of seven children on Mar. 8, 1925 in Tennessee. Her family moved to Bay City when she was very young and she spent most of her early years in that area. She graduated from Boling High School in1943. While Bill was fighting in WWII, Robbie was a “Rosie the Riveter” in Utah patching battle damaged airplanes. She and Bill were married May 25, 1946, just after his return from the war. Their marriage lasted 58 years until Bill’s death in 2004. Bill and Robbie spent most of their lives in Houston, where she was a housewife and mother and later grandmother “Nana” and great-grandmother. In 1987, they retired to Lake Cherokee in the Longview area where they both peacefully lived surrounded by family and friends. Her hobbies included sewing, fishing, and playing bridge. Robbie is proceeded in death by her husband Bill Van Ness; her sister Louise and brother-in-law Voss McCrosky (who helped raise her), her sisters Sarah and Aunnine, and her brothers Aubrey, Thestle, and Garner. She is survived by her daughter Carol Ehl and her husband Don, her son Billy Joe Van Ness and his wife Linda; her granddaughter Monica Edwards, her grandson Matt Edwards and his wife Alysan, her grandson Jason Van Ness, her grandson Cary Shatto and his wife Angie, her step-grandson William and his wife Ronna; her niece, who was more like a sister, Donna Johnson and her husband Hubert; her great-grandchildren Shea, Jordan, Daylon, Braxton, Jaclyn, Madalyn, Jillian, Reese and Camden; her dear friends John Cone, Monica Goodwin and Lynda Suter, and several other nieces, nephews, and friends. Pallbearers will be Chris Gibson, Daylon Howell, Skipper Osborne, Terry Osborne, Doug Lloyd and Wayne Head. Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Aug. 8 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Funeral services will also be held at Taylor Bros. at 11 a.m. on Aug. 9. Internment will follow at Hawley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Heart's Way Hospice, 1306 Pine Tree Rd., Longview, TX 75604.

Bay City Tribune, Sunday, August 8, 2010
 

 

Belen Gusman Vargas
Aug. 29, 1951 – Oct. 5, 2008


Funeral services for Belen Gusman Vargas will be 10 a.m. Thursday, October 9, 2008 at Our Lady Guadalupe Catholic Church in Bay City, Texas with the Father Gerard Cernoch officiating.

Rosary will be Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel of Greens Mortuary.

Belen was born August 29, 1951 to Luis and Lupe Gusman in Cuero, Texas.

Survivors include: her husband, Ignacio Martinez; sisters, Linda Perez of Bay City, Texas, Juanita Cordoba of Angleton, Texas; brothers, Felipe Gusman of Houston, Texas, Luis Gusman of Reno, Nevada.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, and sister, Ester Delion.

Pallbearers will be Rudy Perez, Vincent Perez, Mark Perez, Philip Gusman, Joseph Gusman, and Carlos Gusman.

Burial will follow immediately at Eastview Cemetery in Bay City, Texas.

Final arrangements are entrusted to Green’s Mortuary at (979) 245-3489.

 

The Bay City Tribune, Published October 8, 2008                            Photo courtesy of Tresmond Scott

 


MIGUEL C. VARGAS

BAY CITY - Miguel C. Vargas, 95, of Bay City, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009. He was born Dec. 19, 1913 in Jaral de Berrios, Guanajuato, Mexico to the late Begnino Vargas and Gonzala Castillo Vargas. He was a resident of Bay City since 1948, was retired from the City of Bay City Maintenance Dept., and was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife: Ricarda Vargas of Bay City; his daughter: Maria Delia Jaramillo of Bay City; his sons: Victor Vargas and wife Dolores of Van Vleck, Rocendo Ismael Vargas and wife Elisia of Bay City, and Juan Manuel Vargas of Houston; by his sister: Julia Vargas Arellano of Mexico; and by 14 grandchildren.

The rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, 2009 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. The funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Rev. Gerry Cernoch officiating. Interment will follow at
Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-4613.

Published in Victoria Advocate on October 23, 2009


Reyes Vargas, Jr.
Jan. 12, 1970 - Aug. 11, 2010

Reyes Vargas, Jr. passed away Wednesday, August 11, 2010 in Houston.

He was born on January 12, 1970 in Mexico to Reyes and Bernardina Mendoza Mendoza Vargas, Sr.

He is survived by: his loving wife of 20 years, Laura Martinez Vargas; his mother, Bernardina Mendoza Mendoza; his daughters, Stephanie Vargas and Alexa Vargas; his son, Reyes Vargas, lll; his sisters, Adelina Vargas, Magdelena Vargas, Gloria Vargas, and Leticia Vargas; his brothers, Salvador Vargas, Daniel Vargas, Roberto Vargas, Guillermo Vargas, Fidel Vargas and Antonio Vargas.

Reyes is preceded in death by his father, Reyes Vargas Sr.

Visitation was from 2 until 9 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home with the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7 p.m.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Bay City with the Fr. Jerry Cernoch celebrant.

Rite of committal will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Bay City Tribune, Published August 15, 2010
 

PALACIOS [Matagorda County, Texas] - Enrique Vasquez, 20, of Palacios, died Sunday, July 21, 2002. He was born Feb. 23, 1982, in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, to Fidencio Guerrero and Apolonia Vasquez Garza. He was an insulator for the Dixie Company and a Catholic.

Survivors: mother and step-father, Apolonia Vasquez and Alfonso Garza of Palacios; father, Fidencio Guerrero of Mexico; sisters, Olga Olivia Garza, Guillermina Garza Sanchez, Juana Marta Garza and Irma Garza Hernandez, all of Palacios; and brothers, Fidencio Antonio Vasquez, Juan Alberto Garza, Armando Garza, Alfonso Garza, Arturo Garza, Alberto Garza and Juan Garza, all of Palacios.

Visitation will begin after 5 p.m. tonight at St. Anthony De Padua Catholic Church in Palacios.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. tonight at the church.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony De Padua Catholic Church, the Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Burial will be at Palacios Cemetery.

Artero Memorial Chapels, Port Lavaca, 361-552-3200.

Victoria Advocate, July 25, 2002
 


E. L. "Gene" Vaughan Sr.
Oct. 29, 1921 - June 26, 2009

E. L. "Gene" Vaughan Sr., died peacefully at home surrounded by his family, June 26, 2009.

Born
October 29, 1921 in Houston, Texas, he was 87 years old.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Ann Cobb Vaughan, son Jim, and brother James K. Vaughan Jr.

He is survived by: his children, Lee Vaughan and wife Carolyn, Sue Ann Vaughan, Lou Snead-Callaway of Bay City, Timothy Kiely Vaughan, of San Antonio, Frank Cobb Vaughan, Bay City, Mary Vaughan Lester and husband Howard of San Francisco, Anna Vaughan Spears and husband Roy of Kerrville, and Cathy Vaughan Coale and husband Matt of Fredricksburg; grandchildren, Eugene Le Cand Vaughan, III (Tres) of Garland, Patrick Grant Vaughan and wife Bronwyn, Erin V.Bass and husband Gregg all of Rockwall, , Katy Snead Pelletier and husband Mike, Jenny Snead Howell and husband Chris of Katy, Logan Alexandra Vaughan, of San Antonio, Frank Cobb Vaughan, Jr., and Seth Sumers Vaughan both of Sugarland, Matt N. Spears and wife Lori of San Antonio, Jacqulin Ann Spears of New York, NY., Alexandra Witt Spears, Wallis Vaughan Spears, Mary-Anna Catherine Spears of Kerrville, William Matthew and Suzanne Frances Coale of Fredericksburg; great grandchildren, Patrick Owen Vaughan of Rockwall, Michael Vaughan Pelletier, Kathleen Kiely Pelletier, Lauren Elizabeth Pelletier, Paul Christopher and Annie Catherine Howell of Katy, Hannah and Bailey Spears of San Antonio; sister, Nan Vaughan Kennemer of Rio Vista; sister-in-law, Kathryn Cobb Collins of Bay City.

He was actively involved in his children_s activities including Bay City Little League, Bay City High School Booster Club, Pony of America Association, Matagorda
County 4-H Club. He was a life long member and supporter of Holy Cross Catholic Church and Holy Cross School, Bay City Rotary Club, charter member of Bay City Country Club, member and past President of Matagorda County Board of Realtors, and member of the Matagorda County Fair and Rodeo Association.

He graduated from
St. Thomas High School in Houston, attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama until he enlisted in the Army to serve in WWII. He served in the 35th Calvary at Ft. Riley, Kansas as a Second Lieutenant. Following his discharge from the army, he moved to Bay City with his bride. He was actively engaged in ranching and farming with his father in-law, F.G. Cobb. Later he entered the real estate field becoming a real estate broker and appraiser. He established Vaughan Real Estate and Development Company. He designed and developed Marymount and Valhalla residential additions of Bay City. He later became an active participant in turf farming and founded Vaughan Turf Farm. At the time of his retirement he was the longest practicing real estate broker in Bay City. He was a devoted husband and father. His Catholic faith and his family were the cornerstones to all that he was and did here on earth.

The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.
Sunday June 28, 2009 at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Monday June 29, 2009. The interment will follow at Cedarvale
Cemetery, Bay City.

Pallbearers: Tres Vaughan, Patrick Vaughan, Cobb Vaughan, Seth Vaughan, Matt Spears, Mike Pelletier, Sergio Reyes, Pat Thomas.

Honorary Pallbearers: Leonard Cornelius, Howard Lester, Burt Huebner, Joe Birkner, Gerald Coale, Chris Coale.

Memorials can be made to Holy
Cross Catholic
School or the charity of your choice.

A special thank you to Everlina Johnson a true friend and care taker, and A*Med Community Hospice.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home of Bay City.

Bay City Tribune, Published July 1, 2009
 


Joanne Grace Vaughan
March 3, 1924 – Dec. 11, 2010

Joanna Grace Vaughan went home to be with her Lord on December 11, 2010, at Guadalupe Regional Memorial Hospital in Seguin, Texas.

She was born March 3, 1924, in Thornhill, Louisiana, to Leroy Fred and Leona May Notestein Elliott. Her brothers and sisters were Fred Rosemond, Loree, Russell Norman, Charles Ellery, Alice May, LeRoy Frank, Francis Andrew, Nellie Louise and Winona Mary. Many of them attended school in Lake Arthur along with the neighboring Whitman kids.

After graduating high school, she attended St. Mary’s Nursing School in Port Arthur, Texas. She received a Bachelors degree of nursing (R.N.). It was there she met her future husband, Rabb Wesley Vaughan. They married and moved to Bay City, Texas.

She was employed at Matagorda General Hospital for many years. In 1965, the hospital had undergone renovation with a new Intensive Care Unit. Jo was sent by the hospital to Chicago, Illinois, for training on the equipment. She served as head nurse for the ICU, in Labor and Delivery, Change Nurse on second floor. Retirement came too soon for so great a nurse. Jo taught many, many new nurses what it meant to be a nurse. She was known to many as Jo or Nannie.

Two children were born to Rabb and Jo, daughter Myra Anne was born August 13, 1949, and son, Watts Rabb was born November 11, 1951.

Jo was preceded in death by: her parents; brothers, and sisters, Fred, Loree, Russell, Ellery, Alice LeRoy and Winona; her son-in-law Norman Galle, and daughter Myra Vaughan Galle.

She leaves behind: her son, Watts Rabb and his wife Kaye; grandsons, Watts Jr. “Jarbey” and his wife Shauna Vaughan, Todd Galle, Barton and his wife Jennifer Galle, Sean and his wife Jennifer Galle; great-grandchildren, Dylan, Alec, Jacob, Jordon, Savannah, Abigail and Natalie; brother, Francis and wife Nelda; sister, Nellie Louise; along with numerous nieces and nephews; step-daughter Kaye Baker and husband Duffie.

Family and friends will join together for a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 18, 2010, at Abundant Life Fellowship Church, 1900 Hamman Road with the Pastor Greg McMullen and the Pastor Lloyd Whitman officiating.

Her family would like to honor Jo with a gift to the American Diabetic Association in lieu of flowers.

Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, December 15, 2010
 



 

Albert Bowie Vaughn, Sr.

Cedarvale Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Jeanne Y. Vaughn

Cedarvale Cemetery

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Sarah S. Vaughn

Cedarvale Cemetery

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Virginia Rice Vaughn

Cedarvale Cemetery

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Leola Aline Hadley Vavra, 92, of the Ashby Community near El Maton, Texas, passed peacefully in her sleep February 27, 2010.

She was born in Poth, Texas to the late Jesse C. and Martha Gregory Hadley on May 29, 1917. She married Franklin John Vavra on March 13, 1965. He preceded her in death in 1978. She was a loving wife and mother who loved her family very much and enjoyed every minute of her life.

Survivors include: daughters, Judy Colgan Yasoni of Houston and Carolyn Schneider and Mike Stewart of Illinois; grandchildren, Robert Schneider III and girlfriend Tanya Youngblood, Tim Colgan, Kyle Colgan and Rachel Schneider Ivy; great grandchildren, Matthew Reed and Hannah Ivy and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Nine siblings Alvin “Big Boy” Hadley, Louis Hadley, Jack Hadley, Aubrey Hadley, Joe Hadley, Lois Swenson, Mary Bell Crain, Pearl Weaver and JoAnn Hadley all preceded her in death.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 7 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Interment will follow at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery in Blessing.

Pallbearers will be Robert Schneider, Jr., Robert Schneider III, Nick Hendren and Elmo Duke.

The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff of Bay Villa Healthcare Center for all of the care given to her throughout the years. She kept them on their toes.

Special Thanks also to Marianne and Elmo Duke for the time and care that they gave her.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.


Bay City Tribune, Published March 3, 2010
 


Joe Vavrecka, Sr.

Joe Vavrecka, Sr., age 70 years, 9 months and 29 days died Tuesday morning at 1 a. m. at the Loos Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Joe Vavrecka of El Maton, three sons, Joe Vavrecka of Blessing, Frank Vavrecka of El Maton and Jim Vavrecka of Sugarland and seven daughters, Mrs. Julia Voytek of Goose Creek, Mrs. Louis Kopestky [Kopecky?] of El Maton, Mrs. Frances Urban and Mrs. Mary Tallos of Sugarland, Mrs. Rosalie Hicks of Marshall, Mrs. Sofie Koupa of Rosenberg and Mrs. Alvin Schembera of Houston. Mr. Vavrecka died from the effects of being burned when a gasoline heater exploded while he, Mr. Joe Dedek and Louis Patulla were sitting around it at Mr. Potulla’s house. Mr. Dedek had his hand burned very severely while getting Mr. Vavrecka out of the burning house, which was destroyed and all of its contents lost.

Funeral services were held at the Hawley Cemetery, Wednesday afternoon. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery under the direction of Taylor Bros.

Matagorda County Tribune?, December 15, 1932
 

Julian Vega, 90, of Bay City, died May 22, 2001 at Sea Breeze Nursing Home in Bay City. He was born December 28, 1910 in Benavides, Texas to the late Valeriano and Epatacia Rodriguez Vega. Mr. Vega was a member of Emanuel Baptist Church and a resident of Bay City the past 11 years.

Survivors include: wife Maria Mendoza Vega of Bay City; daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa Colesio Williams of Bay City, Raquel and Rudy Rodriguez of Kingsville, Yolanda and Mario Hendrick of Indianapolis, Indiana; sons and daughters-in-law, Federico and Insuk Dimas of Virginia, George and Singrid Colesio, Feliciano, Jr. and Connie Colesio of Freer, Texas and Antonio and Theresa Colesio of Laredo, Texas; grandchildren, Jennifer and Elizabeth Williams of Bay City, Barbara and Monica Dimas of Virginia, Thelma, Lemette, Charlie, Rudy, Jr. and Jacob Rodriguez of Kingsville, George and Joseph Colesio of Bay City, Christina and Feliciano, Jr. Colesio of Freer, Kimberly, Priscilla and Joshua Hendrick of Indianapolis, Indiana, Cecelia, Laura and Joey Colesio of Alice, and Claudia and Tony Colesio of Laredo.

A prayer service will be 7 p.m. Wednesday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home and the funeral serivce will be 10 a.m. Thursday, May 24, 2001, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Rev. Isac Torres officiating. Interment will be at Cedarvale Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Solis, George and Feliciano Colesio, Freddy Williams, Mario Hendrick, Rudy Rodriguez and Feliciano Garcia.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2001MY23

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Wednesday, May 23, 2001
 


Maria Vega
(October 28, 1919 - April 23, 2012)

Maria Vega, 92, of Bay City, joined her Lord on Monday, April 23, 2012. She was born October 28, 1919 in Cortazar, Guanajuato, Mexico, to the late Maura Trejo & Adolfo Mendoza. Maria Vega has been a resident of Bay City since 1989. Her most treasured assets were her family and church. Maria was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Left to cherish her memory are her 2 daughters: Yolanda Hendricks and Teresa Williams; 3 sons: Antonio, Feliciano, and Jorge Colesio; 15 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren. Maria was preceded in death by her husband: Julian Vega and son: Adolfo Colesio.

The family will receive visitors from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday, April 27, 2012 at the funeral home. The funeral service will be held 10:00 AM Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Candido Gonzales officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Bay City Tribune, April 25, 2012
 


TERESA VEGA

TRES PALACIOS - Teresa De Jesus Iracheta Vega, 49, of Tres Palacios, died Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009. She was born Oct. 3, 1960, in Valle Hermosa, Tamps., Mexico.

Survivors: husband, Eleazar Vega of Palacios; daughter, Teresita Vega of Palacios; mother-in-law; five sisters; five brothers; grandchild, Eleazar Juan Hernandez of Tres Palacios.

Preceded in death by: parents, Paz Iracheta and Guadalupe Hernandez Iracheta.

Visitation will begin after 1 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at Primera Iglesia Bautista, 4th and Morgar, in Palacios. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at Primera Iglesia Bautista with Pastor Juan Agilera officiating.

Burial will be at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery in Blessing.

Published in Victoria Advocate on December 22, 2009


Janie Saenz Vela
(September 8, 1934 - November 22, 2007)

Janie Vela, 74, better known as Janie Saenz passed away peacefully on Thursday November 22, 2007, Thanksgiving Day, surrounded by her loving family.

Born on September 8, 1934 to Solomon and Mary Cadriel, Janie was the eldest of her brothers and sisters.

She was married to Ruben Saenz in 1955. Together they had one daughter, Alvina Saenz. Janie’s life long work included owning and operating her restaurant business for over 54 years. Her first business was in Van Vleck, from there she moved to Bay City and owned and operated, “Saenz Café” for 19 years. She then relocated to “Saenz Café” in Van Vleck, where she was known to many people. After being married for 23 years, Ruben Saenz passed away at the age of 59 in 1978.

By this time, Janie had been in the restaurant business for close to 25 years. On March 8, 1980, Janie Married Epolito Vela and began what would be a lasting love affair for over 27 years. Being married to “Polo” brought along a new adventure of becoming a stepmother to Raymond Vela, Paul Vela Jr., Mary Henderson, and Ruben Vela.

Janie was a loving, very well known, respected Business owner. After marrying “Polo” Vela she opened Vela’s Taco House in Sugar Valley. In 1991 she took the biggest and hardest hit of all. Losing her only daughter Alvina Juarez to cancer at the early age of 38. Throughout that rough battle, Janie knew she had to be strong. She went back to work at Vela’s and it was not until Hwy 35 expanded to a two lane Hwy. that she finally decided to put down the “big stainless steel spoon” and retired in 1996.

Alvina left Janie 4 grandchildren to cherish Felicia Randle & husband DeAdrian, Priscilla Martinez & husband Vincent, Maria Juarez & husband Curtis and Ruben Juarez & wife Tammy. Janie and Polo loved spending quick weekend trips to their favorite little spot, “Cashotta.” One thing she always treasured was that her great grand children Mikail, Jajuan, & Alvina Randle, Brandon Miller, Alexis & Roxanna Martinez, Janie, Malcolm & Yvonne Franklin and Raylynn Faith Juarez were all next door to her. He great grandkids were the apple of her eye. She could not go anywhere in town without having a story to tell them. She instilled a lot of faith into all of her kids. Her daily ritual was to bless every one of them each morning before going to school. Whether it was blessing them with the “sign of the cross” or just praying a quick prayer to make sure they had a wonderful day. Two weeks after Thanksgiving in 2005, Janie was diagnosed with Liver Cancer. Throughout her struggle with her illness, she would never let it get her down. She always said, “when I die, don’t cry for me, I have had a wonderful life. I have traveled the world and no one can ask God for a better life than what he has given to me.” She was a fighter until the very end, never letting anything slow her down. She was preceded in death by two sisters Estella Escobar & Mary Rodriguez & brother Solomon Cadriel.

She leaves behind a loving husband and devoted family to remember her. Sisters Rosie Morales, Patsy Longoria, Sophie Navarras; and brothers Joe, Frank & Lupe Cadriel. She was a very strong willed woman. No matter what came her way, good or bad. She made the best of it.

Rest in peace Grandma and sleep with the angels. Hold the door open for us and we will meet you again at the Golden Gate.

A rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm Friday, Nov. 23, 2007 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Mass is 10:00 am Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church with Father Gerry Cernoch officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.

www.taylorbros.net
 

 


Doris Dodd Swanson Velasquez, 84, passed away Monday, March 30 2009.

Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2009 at First United Methodist Church in Port Neches. Interment will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park.

The family will receive family and friends on Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home in Beaumont.

She was born February 10, 1925 in Bay City to Travis and Sadie Dodd, Sr.

Doris is survived by her children, John Swanson of Phoenix, AZ, Sherrie Swanson Giuffrida of Dallas and Stephen Swanson of Groves; granddaughter, Eva Swanson and great grandson Cheyne Bordage both of Mauriceville.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Travis “Bubba” Dodd, Jr.; sister, Reta Dykes; husbands, Joseph Swanson and Robert Velasquez, Sr.

Doris had a Masters Degree from Lamar University and was a Speech Therapist with the Pt. Neches-Groves School district and retired after 16 years. Among some of her accomplishments, she was organizer and the first director of the Texas Earth Angel Collector Club. At its peak, her home in Orange held over 3000 angels and dolls. She often gave impromptu tours and was the focus of multiple newspaper articles. She lectured to clubs on the art of handwriting analysis and did many analyses at the old Leo & Willie’s in Port Arthur. In her retirement she was a volunteer Speech Therapist who sometimes worked with stroke victims to regain their speech.

The family would like to thank Sue McNeely, a special friend and caregiver to Doris. You stood by us like a sister through thick and thin.

Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, April 1, 2009

 



 

J. Guadalupe Velasquez

Roselawn Memorial Park

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Peggy Sue Schicke Venglar

Peggy Sue Schicke Venglar, 41, passed away August 15, 1995 in Houston. She was born August 15, 1954 in Palacios to Clarence Fred & Betty Josephine Brown Schicke.

She was a lifelong resident of Palacios and has performed extensive volunteer work for the Red Cross Dentistry Department.

She is survived by her husband Percy J. R. Venglar of Palacios, one brother and sister-in-law Henry & Deborah Schicke of Bay City; one aunt, Mary Schicke of Blessing; one uncle, Warrie W. Schicke of Schicke Point; and two nieces, April Schicke of Bay City and Ruby Jean Shaw of Victoria.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a. m. Saturday, August 19, 1995 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Hollis Briscoe officiating.

Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery, Blessing. Pallbearers will be Billy Morton Braxton Morton, Eddie Blackwell, Gary Hunter, Don Kopecky, and Forrest Harter.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Palacios, Tx.

The Daily Tribune, August 1995
 



 

Margaret Ryman Verdecanna

Cedarvale Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Joyce Gaspard Verret, 56, of Denver, Colorado, passed away November 25, 2001. She was born in Beeville, Texas. Joyce spent many years of her life in Bay City, she grew up in Nederland and graduated from Nederland High School, attended Lon Morris for two years and received a B.A. Degree from Denver Christian College.

Survivors include: daughter, Kelly Verret Eagle of Palm Bay, Florida; three grandchildren, Damien, Annastasia, and Savannah; parents, Clifford and Bobbie Gaspard of Bay City; sister, Joan Gaspard of Hurst, Texas; brother and sister-in-law, Gregg and Madeliene Gaspard of Dripping Springs; two nephews, Justin Gaspard of Austin, Texas and Grant Gaspard of Dripping Springs, Texas as well as extended family in Bay City and surrounding areas.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 3, 2001 at the First Methodist Church with Rev. Pauline Harvey officiating. Private interment will be at Cedarvale Cemetery. Arrangements by Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2001NV30

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Friday, November 30, 2001
 


Francisco Dovalina Verver

EDNA - Francisco Dovalina Verver, 82, of Edna, passed away Friday, January 27, 2012. He was born in Palacios, Texas, on March 27, 1929.

Visitation will be Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 5-7 p.m., with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m., at Oaklawn Funeral Home.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 1, 2012, at St. Agnes Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Edna Latin American Cemetery. Reverend Michael Petering will be officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of Oaklawn Funeral Home in Edna. 361-782-2221.

Published in Victoria Advocate on January 30, 2012
 


Beulah Mae Vessels

Funeral services for Beulah Mae Vessels, 77, of Pasadena, will be held at 10 a. m. Thursday at Alta Vista Baptist Church, Pasadena, with the Rev. Denny Autrey officiating.

Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p. m. Thursday at Hawley Cemetery, Blessing, with the Rev. Joe Ramsey officiating.

Mrs. Vessels was born May 20, 1907, in Texas, and died Jan. 15, 1985, at her residence.

A former Markham resident, she was a day care teacher for 15 years and was member of the Alta Vista Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, William Clay of Dallas and Claude T. Jr. of Pasadena; a daughter, Erma Jean Maroney of Red River, N. M.; two brothers, W. C. Golden of Odessa and Clark Golden of Waco; a sister, Mattie King of Wichita Falls; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are with Pasadena Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, January 16, 1985
 


Claud T. Vessels

Mr. Claud T. Vessels, 81, of Markham, died at Matagorda General Hospital on January 10. Survivors include: wife Mrs. Beulah Vessels of Markham; daughter, Mrs. Erma Maroney of Markham; sons, Claud T. Vessels, Jr. of Pasadena, William C. Vessels of Dallas and Clinton L. Vessels of Channelview; sisters, Mrs. Clara Hunter of Gainesville, Mrs. Tera Owens of Duncan, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Irene Pierce of Wichita Falls; brothers, Jack Vessels of Amarillo, J. T. Vessels of Paudea, Oklahoma and Willie Vessels of Duncan, Oklahoma; 13 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. The funeral will be held at the First Baptist Church of Markham on January 12 at 2:00 p. m. The Reverend Joe Ramsey and Reverend Paul Stephens will officiate and interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery. Arrangements made with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, January 11, 1980
 

James Jett Victery, Jr., 61 of Bay City died April 18, 2002 at his residence. He was born October 16, 1940 to the late James Jett and Alma May Walding Victery, Sr. Mr. Victery was a long time resident of Bay City and a retired Analyzer Mechanic with Celanese Chemical Co.

Survivors include: two daughters, Angela Victery of College Station and Deborah Victery of Bay City; sons, James Jett Victery, III of Fort Myers, Florida; sister, Alma Dell Chambers of Houston; grandchildren, Sarah Victery, James Jet Victery, IV, Erica Victery, Jeremy Victery all of Bay City and Matias Serrata of College Station.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m, Wednesday, April 24, 2002, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Rev. Chester Sassman officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00014B2002AR24

THE BAY CITY TRIBUNE, Wednesday, April 24, 2002
 


HELEN A. VICTORIA

BAY CITY - Funeral services for Helen A. Victoria, 57, of Bay City, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Bay City with Dr. T.L. Richardson officiating. Burial will follow immediately after the service at Eastview Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, in the chapel of Green's Mortuary.

Final arrangements are entrusted to Green's Mortuary, Bay City, 979-245-3489.

Published in Victoria Advocate on November 4, 2010


 


Alfredo Villafuerte
(February 24, 1955 - August 22, 2007)

Alfredo Villafuerte, 52, of Bay City passed away Wednesday, August 22, 2007. He was born February 24, 1955 to Eusevio & Maria De La Luz Jacobo Villafuerte in Santa Ana Maya, Michoacan, Mexico. Alfredo has lived in Bay City for the past 31 years, and was a member of our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife: Maria Del Carmon Jungo Villafuerte of Bay City; mother: Maria De La Luz Jacobo Villafuerte of Santa Ana Maya, Mexico; 5 daughters: Lillana Villafuerte, Maria Guadalupe Villafuerte, Magdalena Villafuerte, Maria Del Carmon Villafuerte & husband: Chris Maldonato, and Laura Villafuerte & husband: Larry Jacquez all of Bay City; 4 sons: Alfredo Villafuerte & wife Angelica of Corpus Christi; Jesus Villafuerte & wife: Alejandra Rodriguez; Eusevio Villafuerte, and Thomas Villafuerte all of Bay City; 4 sisters; 7 brothers; and 5 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father: Eusevio Villafuerte.

A Rosary will be recited 7:30 PM Sunday, August 26, 2007 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel. Mass will be held 10:00 AM Monday, August, 27, 2007 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Gerry Cernoch officiating. Interment will follow at a later date in Santa Ana Maya, Michoacan, Mexico at the Cemeterio Municipal de Santa Ana Maya. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home (979) 245-4613.

www.taylorbros.net
 

A Funeral Mass for Mary Villarreal, 73, of Palacios, was held June 16 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Internment was at Palacios Cemetery.

Mrs. Villarreal was born Oct. 25, 1929 in Palacios to Mary and Ben Heineman. She died June 12, 2003 in Victoria.

She was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

Mrs. Villarreal was survived by companion, Willie Henkes of Palacios; daughters, Jesse Perez and Consuela Barrera; sons, Mike and Dennis Perez; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Palacios Funeral Home, 361-972-2012.

Palacios Beacon, June 18, 2003
 

PORT O'CONNOR - Rosario Villarreal, 94, of Port O'Connor, died Wednesday, March 30, 2011. She was born Aug. 10, 1916, in Matagorda, to the late Jose Villarreal Sr. and Guadalupe Camacho Villarreal. She was a homemaker and a Catholic.

She is survived by her niece, Anita Villarreal of Port O'Connor, and numerous other nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Frances Flores, Carlota Pena, Antonia Ragusin, Lupe Carriles, Tomasa Villarreal, and Inez Ramos, and brothers, Luciano Ramos, Lawrence Ramos, Joe Villarreal Jr., and Andrew Villarreal.

Visitation will begin after 5 p.m. with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2011, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on the corner of Hwy 185 and Washington Blvd. in Port O'Connor. Visitation will resume from 8 to 9:30 a.m. with the Funeral Mass to be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2011, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Father Bob Fisher will officiate. Burial will be at Port O'Connor Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Joe Ragusin Sr., Calvin Ragusin Sr., Joseph Ragusin Jr., Calvin Ragusin Jr., Nicholas Ragusin, and Arthur Garcia Jr.

Under the direction of Artero Memorial Chapels, Port Lavaca, 361-552-2300.

Published in Victoria Advocate on April 1, 2011
 


SENORA SOLIS VILLARREAL

BAY CITY - Senora Solis Villarreal, 89, of Bay City, passed away Sept. 2, 2008. She was born March 2, 1919, in San Benito, to the late Gumezindo and Magdelina Morales Solis, Senora being number six of 14 blessings from God.

Survivors include four children, Mary Perez of Rosenberg, Ynes Villarreal Jr. (Irma) of Bay City, Tommie Suarez (Mario) and Magdelena Reyes (Ismael), all of Houston; three siblings, Lupe Hernandez, Carmen Trevino, and Victor Solis; seven grandchildren whom she raised, Anna Marie Villarreal (Joe), Anna Marie Sherrill (Scott), Ignacio Villarreal, and Jesse C. Villarreal (Cindy), all of Bay City, Johnny Reyes of Austin, Toni Manciaz and Mary Ester Rodriguez, both of Houston; and the remaining 37 grandchildren; and extended number of great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren; and great-great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Ynes Villarreal Sr. and 10 children.

A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 2008 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008 at Turning Point Church with the Rev. Hill Winfrey officiating. Her final resting place will be at Cedarvale
Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday and Friday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers are Jesse Villarreal, Ruben Reyes Jr., Ynes Villarreal Jr., Jesse C. Villarreal, Ignacio Rodriguez, Rudy Estrada Jr., James Diaz, and Arthur Flores.

Honorary pallbearers are Arthur Villarreal, Eric Heard, LVN, Wayland Bryant-Thomas, LVN, Scott Sherrill, Joe Benevides, and Derek Sherrill.

Representative grandchildren are Christopher Sherrill and Tammy Saurez.

The family would like to extend special thanks to A*Med Hospice of Texas City, Baytown Seafood and employees, Rose of Sharon, Wayland Bryant-Thomas, LVN, Mary Lou Lynn, RN, Eric Heard, LVN, Chaplain Paul Southerlan, Dianna Hardman, LVN, and Vicki Lewis, CAN.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in
Bay City, 979-245-4613.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 9/4/2008
 


Madeleine Clitherall Battle Vincent

Funeral services were held for Madeleine C. Vincent, 91, of Los Angeles, California, 11:30 a. m. today (Wednesday) at St. John Episcopal Church in Palacios.

Officiating at the services was the Rev. Jack Lowery.

Vincent died January 4, 1982 at the Gulf Coast Hospital in Wharton.

Survivors include numerous cousins.

Vincent was born March 8, 1890 in St. Louis, Missouri, one of twin daughters of Frank Lyon and Jeannie Hall Battle. She was a cousin of Adelaide Hall Pierce (Mrs. Abel B. Sr.) of Blessing.

She moved with her family to California in 1905 and resided in Los Angeles until recently coming to live at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Abel B. Pierce Jr. in Blessing. She was the widow of James Vincent of Los Angeles, a veteran of World War I in the Canadian Army and left no descendants.

She was an artist and made a career before the era of color photography in coloring photographic portraits (especially miniatures) with oil paints and teaching this technique in city schools. Many examples of her work hang in the Pierce home in Blessing.

Burial followed services at Hawley Cemetery.

Pallbearers included Lee M. Pierce, Lee H. Pierce, Michael E. Pierce, Fredrick L. Pierce, James L. Pierce Jr., Abel B. Pierce Jr. and George L. Harrison.

Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, January 6, 1982
 


Master Julian Vine

PALACIOS - Funeral services for Master Julian Vine of Palacios, will be 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, at First Baptist Church of Palacios. Burial will follow immediately after the services at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Julian was born July 1, 2011, and passed away on Aug. 27, 2011.

Julian is survived by his parents, Jerry Vine and mother, Rebecca McCorkle.

Final arrangements are entrusted with Green's Mortuary, Bay City, 979-245-3489.

Published in Victoria Advocate on September 1, 2011

JULIAN LYNN VINE

Funeral services for infant Julian Lynn Vine of Palacios, Tx. were held Sept. 2, 2011 at First Baptist Church in Palacios with James Cox officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery near Markham, Tx.

Julian Lynn was born July 1, 2011 and passed away Aug. 27, 2011.

Our baby Julian wasn’t here with us long, but he left our hearts full of memories. He is now in heaven with our loved ones and is our Little Angel watching over us.

Julian is survived by his dad, Jerry Vine; mother, Becca McCorkel; brother Nicky Hendren, Jr.; grandpa Tommy Boutwell; grandma Cheryl Hayes, “MiMi” Cheryl Murdock; “PawPaw” William Murdock; uncles Morgan McCorkel, Billy “BoBo” Komer, Nicky Komer, Chaz Schulze, James Murdock and Bryan Slocum; aunts Amber Medina, Irene Slocum, Cherokee “Cheeky” Newsome and Alexis Virsack.

Pallbearers were Morgan McCorkel, Billy Komer, Nicky Komer and Chaz Schulze. Honorary pallbearer was Nicky Hendren, Jr.

Palacios Beacon, September 7, 2011
 


Lataricia K. R. Viningre

 

PALACIOS - Lataricia Kaye Ringo Viningre, 54, of Palacios, died Wednesday, June 1, 2005.

 

She was born Nov. 28, 1950, in Palacios, to the late William Earl and Stella Mae Branigan Ringo. She was a homemaker and a member of The Living Word Church.

 

Survivors: husband, Harold L. Viningre; sons, Charles Robert Heath of Huntington, Tenn., Freddie Earl Heath Sr. of Palacios, and Harry Marshall Heath Jr. of Wharton; sister, Vonda Starlene Motes of Port Lavaca; and seven grandchildren.

 

Preceded in death by: sisters, Elsie Lee Plachy and Mary Bell; and brother, Calvin Meril Ringo.

 

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. tonight at The Living Word Church in Palacios.

 

A prayer service will be 7 p.m. tonight at the church.

 

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Tony Flores officiating.

 

Burial will be at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Artero Memorial Chapels,

 Port Lavaca, 361-552-2300.

 

The Victoria Advocate, Friday, June 3, 2005

 

Mary Vogg

Died Jan. 6, 1908

Matagorda Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Homer Andrew Vos
(October 14, 1916 - August 21, 2005)

Homer Andrew Vos, 88 of Van Vleck died August 21, 2005 at the Specialty Hospital in Houston, TX. He was born October 14, 1916 in Almyra, AR to the late Charlie Andrew and Ina Belle Rollison Vos. Mr. Vos was a member of the First Baptist Church in Van Vleck for the past 50 years. He was a resident of Van Vleck since 1955. He came to Texas in 1939 and worked first for Abercrombie in Sweeny for 15 years, during which time he also served in the US Army Air Corps from 1941-1945. He retired from Brown & Root Construction Co. in 1981 after 26 years as a welder and pipe fitter. Survivors include: 2 daughters and a son-in-law: Robin Vos Havard of Wharton, TX and Janet Vos & Michael Amtower of Lake Jackson, TX; son and daughter-in-law: Gary A. and Angela Vos of Katy, TX; brother: Glenn Vos of Almyra, AR; and 7 grandchildren: Kelly & Marc Amtower of Denton, TX, Randie, Jeff, & Carly Havard all of Wharton, TX, and Brandon & Lindsay Vos both of Katy, TX. He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years Alma Faye Vos. Funeral Service will be 10:00 AM Thursday, August 25, 2005, at the First Baptist Church in Van Vleck with Rev. Russell Davis officiating. Interment will be at 3:30 PM Thursday at the McAdams Cemetery Bedias, TX. Pallbearers will be Mike Amtower, Tommy Havard, Bret, Jack , and John Hutson, Donnie O’Connell, and Dan O’Connell. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Men’s Sunday School Class of the First Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Van Vleck building fund. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City (979)245-4613.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Maurine “Mimi” Thompson Voyles

Maurine “Mimi” Thompson Voyles went to be with her Lord on June 10, 2012 at the age of 98. She was born on Friday, November 13, 1913 in Bay City, Texas to Ada Brimer Thompson and Frank Arthur Thompson. She attended the University of Texas in Austin and Rice University.

Maurine was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband of 54 years, J. D. Voyles, her brother, Bill Thompson and her son, Jerry Voyles. She is survived by her daughter, Marcia Sawyer, son-in-law, Thomas Sawyer, daughter-in-law, Ellen Voyles, grandsons, Jeff Waggener and Scott Voyles, granddaughter, Katherine Lamb, great grandchildren, Brent Waggener, Kristen Waggener, Adrienne Lamb, Allie Voyles, and Taylor Voyles.

Maurine was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church in Bay City and Colonial Hills United Methodist Church in San Antonio. She was a founder and served as first president of the Pink Ladies Hospital Auxiliary, a Girl Scout Troop Leader for many years, a member of Chatauqua and an avid bridge player. She made beautiful clothes for her children, grandchildren, and herself and loved preparing wonderful meals for family members. She will always be remembered for her incredible fudge. She followed University of Texas Longhorn Sports closely and was an enthusiastic Longhorn fan for many years.

Maurine was much loved and enjoyed by friends and family members alike. She had a keen sense of humor and a very strong spirit. Her family was richly blessed to have her for so many years.

A Memorial Service will be held at Colonial Hills United Methodist Church in San Antonio on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.

Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Vaughan’s Funeral Home of Boerne.

http://www.vaughanfuneralhome.com/
 


GENE VYVIAL

BLESSING - Gene Vyvial, 67, of Blessing, passed away July 28, 2010. He was born May 31, 1943, in Jackson County, to the late Roman Alvin and Annie Kazmir Vyvial.

Survivors include daughters, Joy Langley of Downsville, La., Tara Blankenship of Blessing, and Katina Langley of Monroe, La.; son, Roman Vyvial of Mountain Home, Idaho; sisters, Janet Harvey of El Campo, Joyce Rozner of Bay City, Ramona Hahn and husband James of Lolita, and Andrea Chambless and husband Bobby of Ganado; and grandchildren, Christopher Collins, Klye Accardo, Victoria Reed, Tye Langley, Roman Vyvial and Allan Thompson.

His siblings, Gladys Ann Berger and Leo Vyvial, preceded him in death.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m., Friday, at the Palacios Funeral Home. Mass will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 31, 2010, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Blessing with the Rev. Sam Appiasi officiating. Interment will follow at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery in Blessing.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home, 361-972-2012.

Published in Victoria Advocate on July 30, 2010
 

 

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